King — The Musical

Mark Steyn devotes a funny chapter of Broadway Babies Say Goodnight: Musicals Then & Now to “the flops.” He observes that “American musicals, even the flops, are by Kander and Ebb, Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Neil Simon.” By contrast, “British flops are a series of creative blind dates kinkier than anything dreamt up by the most depraved backbench MP.” Mark lws off his chapter on the flops with “King — The Musical.” In observance of Martin Luther King Day, Mark has excerpted “King — The Musical” from his chapter on the flops and posted it on his site.

I included Broadway Babies Say Goodnight on the 2004 Christmas list that I submitted to the Claremont Institute. I noted that Mark sends up many cheers in the book, but that his catcalls were also among the book’s highlights. His excerpt on “King — The Musical” provides a good example.

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